Paying an airline extra to transport your luggage is hard enough to swallow, but paying them to lose it is the ultimate insult. So more of us are bypassing the baggage carousel altogether.


Throw in $8 blanket fees, $45 carry-on charges, and $25+ for checked luggage, and there’s no question that less is more.

But packing light hasn’t always been my forte. Until recently I was a one checked bag, one carry-on and one personal item, kind of girl. 

Enter Eagle Creek’s Tarmac 22, the perfect carry-on solution for travelers, like me, who are looking to lighten their load.

The ease and efficiency of this bag has made me a true carry-on only convert. 

Favorite feature: The built-in shoe, toiletries, and dirty laundry compartments help to keep things organized. Gone is the chaos that repeated packing and unpacking once resulted in. 

Not-so-favorite feature: I wish the exterior front pockets were deep enough to accommodate a laptop. I’d also like to see the addition of an exterior back pocket big enough for a paperback or travel document holder. 

Bottom line: The Eagle Creek Tarmac 22 is my bag of choice for carry-on only air travel. 

Available at as well as the Adventure Traveler section of the Travel Store at powered by Amazon. Suggested retail price: $285.00

FYI - See also Eagle Creek’s Hovercraft Upright 22”, currently my husband Hank’s bag of choice. Product comparison below:

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The Eagle Creek Hovercraft Upright 22 is available at and The Travel Store at powered by Amazon. Suggested retail price: $250.00.


Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".